Maker Wednesdays–Loren Miller

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Happy hump day!  Guys, have I got a good one for you today!  One of my favorite and most beeeeautiful friends, Loren Miller, is here with us today to share a great inexpensive DIY.  If you don’t know her already (GASP!!!) please please head over to her Instagram and start stalking, I mean following, her!  She is so amazing!  Now that I’ve gone on and on about her lets get onto the post so I can prove my point about how awesome and gorgeous she is haha.

Loren Miller – DIY Potted Moss Trees
I’m a wifey of 8 years to my handsome hubby, and a momma to our three kiddos. I am an esthetician and makeup artist who took up DIY-ing/home decor after switching careers to a full time stay at home mom. I had to get creative due to an expensive taste and money conservative husband. 🙂 I am also a writer for Society Letters, Contributor to Everything Home Magazine, and I have my own Etsy shop: Mydearlittlethings
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I was so excited when Steph asked me to be a guest blogger for her. Although I must admit I was feeling rather stumped. It was just another Monday and I was just consuming my 5th pot, er cup of coffee. I had just finished getting myself and my three young kids ready, and for all you mamas out there, you know what an accomplishment that is! We live in the city and we are a one car family. Mondays are my days for the car, so I plan my week accordingly. I go to grab the keys and they aren’t there. I don’t freak out too much because they are probably just hanging by the other door. Strike two. My phone buzzes and it’s my hubby – he took the car keys instead of his office keys. I may or may not have had a moment of silence for what would have been my glorious Monday. I had this idea of strolling through Marshall’s and Target picking out new kitchen decor. But my husband doesn’t need to know that!
Alas, my broken heart needed to figure out a plan B. So I decided to make the most out of my day, and DIY my own moss trees. I love shopping at home, and though it isn’t quite the same, sometimes it’s even better! I grabbed whatever I could find, and the beauty of this DIY is that I finished it in under 30 minutes. Most of these things can be found at the dollar store, or even outside.  
Let’s get to it!
Supplies: 
• Twigs, or sticks – whatever you prefer 
• Styrofoam balls, or decor balls 
• Moss ( I got mine from the dollar store )
• Glue gun and glue 
• Pots 
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Step 1:
Take your ball form, put glue all over it. I used a lower heat for my glue so it wouldn’t burn my fingers. Moss tends to be messy anyway so I poured it on the counter, and rolled the glue covered ball around in the moss. Do this until it is covered. 
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Step 2: 
Put your twig and or stuck inside the ball. 
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Step 3: 
Secure your twig and ball into your pot. 
I used moss and glue as well as Buckeyes. You could use rocks, more styrofoam etc. whatever you have on hand. 
 Step 4:
Step back and enjoy! 
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 I made three of these, but I can totally see myself making more of these in different sizes in the future. I think a moss tree forest sounds magical don’t you? There are many ways this could be adapted, and I hope you have fun with whatever way you go about making yours! They are a perfect spring accent with just the right touch of green. 
See?!?!  I told you she was cool!  I think I will be making some of the moss trees very soon!  Thanks so much, Lo!!  Remember to go follow Loren on Instagram and myself and subscribe so you never miss any of the goodness happening around here!  Come back tomorrow another great DIY and as always we have an amazing giveaway that I will be announcing on Friday.  Thanks for stopping by!
~Steph

Pallet Board Christmas Trees

Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today I am going to share with you another quick, easy, and free pallet project.  Christmas is only two weeks away and I am NOT ready!  We don’t have a tree up, we have barely any decorations out, and guess how many presents I have purchased.  Zero!  Big fat goose egg, folks.  I seriously need to get my rear into gear.  Buuuut, I do have these adorable pallet trees on display and I’m loving them!  I also love that they were free and crazy easy to make.  Aren’t they adorable?

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I didn’t even use a measuring tape.  I’ll give you guys the measurements of my finished trees but really you can just do whatever you like.  I cut my tops of my trees and then decided on the size of the middle board from that.  Followed by the bottom.  The short sides of the middle and bottom boards are pretty close to the length of the long side on the board above.  Pretty confusing, huh?  Let’s try to simplifiy haha.  The long side of the top=the short side of the middle.  The long side of the middle=the short side of the bottom.  Here are the sizes of mine.  All the measurements are the long side and they are cut at a 45° angle.

Large Tree                                                      Small Tree

Top-6.5″                                                         Top-4.75″

Middle-14″                                                    Middle-11″

Bottom-21″                                                   Bottom-16.5″

Back Board-14.5″                                        Back-11.25″

Once I had my boards cut I sanded them very lightly.  To put them together I just used glue and my nail gun.

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All finished up!  These are so easy and look great!  I made 4 in about 30 minutes.  If you have some pallets laying around you should definitely whip some of these up.  They would even make a cute gift for someone!  And if you are looking for some other ideas for pallets check out my other pallet projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss a post and feel free to Pin my projects!  Have a great day!!

 

~Steph

Bows, Bows, and More Bows

Happy Thursday friends!  Just checking in to let you guys see what my girls and I did yesterday afternoon to pass some time.  They constantly ask me if we can do projects.  So we went through our craft stash yesterday and decided to make some hair bows.  Well, technically, I guess they are more hair flowers than bows but who cares.  All I know is they are adorable!  We had a package of hair clips that we had bought from Hobby Lobby a while ago and some flowers from Pick Your Plum.  The clips came in a pack of 12 for $3.99 but just google “Hobby Lobby coupon” on your phone to get your 40% off coupon and show the cashier.  Now you get 12 clips for $2.40.  Woot woot!  And now back to the flowers.  Like I said I got them from Pick Your Plum a long time ago so I don’t remember how much they were.  But I’m sure they were cheap!  If you don’t already shop them you should definitely consider it.  They sell really great things for even better prices!  If you want to try them out you can click the link in the sidebar and get shopping 😉

So onto the bows.  They are really simple.  I cut little strips of felt to kind of sandwich the clip.  We put the felt under the metal part of the clip, put hot glue onto the metal and then put the flower on.  It doesn’t get any more simple!

And now we have a plethora of different hair bows/flowers!

 

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Now that we had all of these beauties we needed somewhere to keep them.  Let me let you in on a little secret.  Sometimes I buy picture frames and hang them but never get around to putting in a photo.  Yes, I’m that girl.  We display beautiful photos of people we will never in our lives meet!  So I had bought a frame at Target a while back for a few bucks.  I hung it up and never took out the picture of that came in.  That baby was pretty cute, btw.  So I figured that would be perfect for these.  I grabbed the frame,hit the craft stash and found some ribbon, and got some heavy duty tape.  All I did was tape the ribbon onto the back of the picture frame mat and put it all back together, minus the glass of course.  Now we have a way to store the hair clips and I love that it doubles as wall art.  I’ve never been very fond of the bow holders I’ve seen around the world wide.  I guess I just don’t like how big they are and how spaced out the bows go.  This is nice and small and they all fit in their nice and tight.  I’m a fan!

 

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And now, just because I think they are so stinkin’ cute, here are some pictures of my little models!

 

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Apparently these new bows make her so happy she could kiss her sister!!  All in all not a bad project.  We used our craft supplies, had fun, got a bunch of new hair accessories, and the baby we don’t know is no longer being represented in their room haha.  Now it’s off the prepare for the next project!

~Steph

Office Organization

Good morning!  Hope you all had a great Mother’s Day yesterday!  Things were good here.  We BBQ’d with my family and had some delicious food!  I have decided to start doing recipes on the blog so I will be sharing my first one with you this week.  We had loaded baked potato salad as part of our Mother’s Day spread.  It was delicious.  I haven’t decided what day of the week to do it but be on the look out!

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Today though, I am sharing a little progress in my office.  In bad blogger form, I don’t have a before picture.  I know, I know!  The reason is that one day I just got fed up with it and started going through it all.  Since I don’t have pictures, let me paint you a little mental image.  This cabinet is where I would keep everything that didn’t have somewhere else to go AND all our paperwork.  I have a special needs son.  If any of you have a special needs child you may understand how much paperwork comes with them.  For those of you who don’t let me break it down for you!  When we go to a new specialist it usually comes with a big packet of paperwork to fill out.  I keep copies of all of that.  I have copies from all his regular appts.  We get copies of what our insurance pays every time he does therapy.  Which is a few times a week.  We get progress reports from all his therapies.  Then there is the school paperwork.  We get an IEP (that’s an education plan written to meet his needs) every quarter.  That’s about 10-15 pages.  Now times all of this by 3 because we have had to start over with doctors, specialists, therapists, and schools each time we’ve moved.  And add all the normal paperwork a household acquires and you may see why I was going soooo crazy!  I was risking being crushed by a mountain of paperwork every time I opened the cabinet door haha.

But no more I tell ya!  Now it is beautiful and organized!  Excuse me while I do the happy dance.  Here’s a little tour of what I’ve got going on in there now.

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Here she is in all her beautiful glory!  So let’s start at the top.  On the top left are magazine files that I covered in different pieces of scrapbook paper a few years ago.  I keep all of my magazines in those.  Wood magazine, anyone?  On the right side are some storage boxes I picked up at Ikea a few years ago.  I keep our normal household stuff in those.  Things like bills, stuff that’s been paid, and owners manuals.  On top of them is a pretty box that keeps my Silhouette tools and some vinyl.  Now moving into the cabinet.  On the left is all my son’s paperwork put into binders and on the right is things like coloring books, crayons, and puzzles.  Now I’ll show you my favorite part!

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I got this basket from Target about 7 years ago.  It’s perfect for holding all my craft paint.

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I built these boxes a couple of years ago and now they keep my painting supplies in check.  I keep mason jars in them for things like pens, paint brushes, and paint markers.  I have been thinking about painting them to cute them up a bit!  I’ll let you know if it actually happens.  For now I’m just happy that it is no longer a safety hazard and instead of coming in here and getting stressed out anytime I need to find a piece of paper, I get to see this!

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Now let’s hope this organization kick keeps on going.  Everyone once in a while I browse my Cleaning/Organization board on Pinterest hoping it’ll motivate me to de-clutter something.  Sometimes it actually works!  Have you guy’s done any organizing lately?  Hopefully this helps motivate you a little bit!  Hope you all have a great day!

~Steph

Tabletop Chalkboard

Hey peeps!!  After not posting for the entire month of April I am FINALLY back today with a post.  Woot woot!  Today I’m showing you guys a quick project that adds tons of charm to your home.  It’s a little tabletop chalkboard that you can easily switch up for any occasion.

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Right now I have mine on my entry table but I think it would be so adorable used at a party!  Maybe make a few of them to place on different tables.  They would look especially fantastic at one of those gorgeous outdoor Pinterest perfect type weddings!  Someone should get on that and send me some pictures afterwards ;).  They also make pretty good gifts!  My niece just turned 11 and she’s a crafty little thing so I thought she would enjoy one.  I painted hers yellow and wrote Happy Birthday and drew some cute little balloons and boom!  A present you don’t need to wrap haha.  And if you’re anything like me…make sure you forget to take pictures.  Doh!

This all started one day while I was bored during nap time and had the building itch.  What’s a girl to do when she has the building itch?  Go to her Pinterest board of course!  BTW, if you don’t follow me on Pinterest, you really should.  Not to brag but I pin all the best stuff haha.  Anywho, back to the topic at hand!  I saw this darling chalkboard calling my name.  You can check out the original post here.  And since I’m way more “builder” than “creator” mine looks pretty much just like hers.  Just smaller!  Since I’m selling these on my Etsy I decided to build mine smaller so I can ship it for a more reasonable rate.  Mine is 11.5×18.5″.  I think it’s the perfect size for my table so I’m definitely happy!

So let’s get to building this bad boy!  First, you will make the frame.  The frame consists of 4 pieces of wood.  The top, two sides, and the bottom.  I cut the top piece and the tops of the legs at 45°.  When I built this one I just used glue and my nail gun to put the whole thing together.  The second one I built I used pocket holes for the bottom piece.

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Make two of these and you’re almost done!  I had some scrap plywood that I cut to fit then took everything inside and stained the frame and painted the plywood.  I painted the plywood front and back with Disney Chalkboard paint.  Once it was all dried I nailed the plywood pieces onto the frames and used some small hinges I bought from Walmart and attached them.

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Now have fun decorating them!  If you have little ones like I do than you probably have some chalk laying around.  Have fun making it cute!  The best part is this is double sided so you can decorate both sides and just turn it around when ever you need a change!  Right now mine has this cute Hello Friends design going on.

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And I know Easter is over but just for fun this is what it looked like before Easter.

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Who doesn’t love Peeps?  I have a slight obsession love of them.  But only after they have sat out for a couple of days.  Mmmmm!  So what have you guys been working on lately?  I have a few more things to share with you guys in the near future and I’m trying to come up with some sort of plan to help me blog more consistently.  I’ll keep you guys posted!  Thanks for stopping by and feel free to Pin the crap out of my stuff haha!

~Steph

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Dream Big

Hey friends!!  So I have an adorable little project that I LOOOOVE!  So I’m a sucker for color…and grey.  So this project was perfect.  It’s quick and easy and would look so cute in a kiddo’s room or even out in the living room.  And the best part of DIY?  Change it up to whatever colors you love!

So I had some scrap lumber in my garage that I didn’t know what to do with so I decided to make some signs.  For this one I started by painting it white.

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Once the white was dry I raided my paint boxes.  I used 7 different colors of paint for this part.  It’s a good way to use some of the paints that you buy because they are pretty with no particular project in mind!  I started by doing all of the reds/pinks/purples.  I didn’t care if these ones blended together.

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When that was all dry I went back in with the blues and greens.  This takes no skill at all people!  Just do random swipes here and there until you think it’s pretty.  Then you are done haha.  I actually think I love it just like this but I went a step further.

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I cut out “dream big” on vinyl with my Silhouette.  I put it down on my sign then went over it with a pretty grey.  I distressed it a little when it was all dry but I got a little crazy so I just went back and put some more grey on and called it good!

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What do you guy’s think?  I also think it would look awesome in an office or craft room.  And this little beauty, along with 5 other signs, are up for auction over on my Facebook page right now!  If you don’t follow me please go do it!  If you don’t feel like doing this yourself you have a chance to snag it there!  Yay!!

Thanks for stopping by guys and remember I love pins 😉 and please go visit me on Facebook!

~Steph

Free Junk Drawer Organizer

Hey guys!  Today I have a really quick, like 10 minutes quick, project to help bring a little sanity to your life.  And did I mention it was free?  Sweeeet!  Well, it was free for me at least and it will be for you as well if you have a scrap pile laying around in your garage.  Even if you don’t it will only be a few dollars so I would still say either way it’s awesome.

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So, this all started the other day when I was trying to get something out of my junk drawer and I wanted to rip it out and throw it on the floor in a fit of rage.  Again.  For about the 1,000th time.  I actually feel like this every time I try to get anything in or out of there.  It’s such a mess.  But not anymore folks!  You see, instead of throwing a tantrum I grabbed everything out of there and started to go through it.  This was the longest part of the project.  When I say 10 minutes I mean 10 minutes of actual building time.  It takes a little longer to sort and plan out this little baby.  I went through and tossed anything we don’t use.  Then I made piles of things so I could start to measure it all out.

This project is really easy to figure out.  Nothing here is science.  Just see what you need to keep in your drawer and measure accordingly.  Don’t forget though to add 3/4″ for each board you put in there.  I used a few 1×3 scraps I had.  Once I figured out the measurements I needed I cut one of the boards that ran the width of the drawer.  I took it in and made sure it fit before I started everything else.  Good thing I did because it was a tad to long.  I just took a tiny bit off the end and went back to try it out again.  Success!  Now begin with the rest of it.  When you put it together be sure to use glue and I just used 1″ brad nails.  Make sure you plan it out though to make sure you are able to nail everything.  Here is the order that I attached mine…

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I went back every once in a while to make sure everything was still going to fit.  And this is not attached to the drawer at all but it’s fine because it fits in there nice and snug.  Now I feel twice as relieved because I made my scrap pile a little bit smaller and I can go into my drawer without wanting to go full on toddler who’s just been told they can’t have candy haha.  Well guys, thanks for stopping by and remember I love Pins, comments, and most of all new followers ;).  Have a great day!

~Steph

Step Right Up…

Hey guys!  Just wanted to check in with you guys so you know I’m still alive and kickin haha.  I wish I was able to post more but life keeps getting in the way.  I have gotten a few projects done though and I wanted to share one with you.  It’s this cute little step stool that I made for someone.

 

Isn’t it adorable?  I love the bright cheery color that I was able to pick up for only $0.50!  Woot!!  Yay for mistint paint!  I was so lucky that I happened to find exactly what I needed.  And don’t you just love my baby palm tree?  It has no reason to be in the pictures but I’m a little obsessed with it so there it is.  We are actively trying to think of a name for him so suggestions are welcome haha.  The stool went together pretty fast.  The worst part was the jigsaw but I’m getting better at it.  I snapped a few pictures while I was putting it together but, as always, you can stop over at Ana White and get the plans so you can make one yourself.

The directions were really easy to follow.  I started off by clamping my two sides together and cutting them at the same time so I was sure they matched up perfectly.    You can follow Ana’s measurementsso you know where to make all of your cuts.
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Look at those cuts.  Ooo-la-la!  Someone has some mad jigsaw skills!!  Once the bottom was cut I turned them over and did the top.

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Next I cut out my 1×2 supports.  I assembled the whole thing using my Kreg Jig so figure out where you need to drill your pocket holes and get all of those made.  Now you can assemble it.  Don’t forget your glue!

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Here is the way I did it:

1.  Bottom step onto both sides.
2.  Supports under bottom step.
3.  Top step.
4.  Supports under top step.
5.  Back support (Face the pocket holes out so you can access them easier, same with back/top support.)

Now you’re finished up.  Fill all of the visible pocket holes with wood filler and sand.  A little tip for filling pocket holes…get the tube of wood filler so you can squeeze it right into the hole or put filler into a ziplock bag and clip off the corner and make it sort of like a pastry bag.  It makes it really easy to make sure you are filling the whole hole.  And when you are filling something as big as a pocket hole you will need to repeat the process 2 or 3 times making sure it is completely dry between fillings.  Also, I added silicone onto the bottom of the stool so it wouldn’t slide around.  Just squeeze it out of the tube onto the bottom and run your finger over to smooth it out.  I put on 3 coats.  Now sit back and enjoy your handy work!

With two 4 year olds who have a hand washing obsession like their momma, we could definitely use a few of these around our house.  We will see if I ever get the time!  But hopefully you all get the time to make one or some!  And if you do I would love to see them.  And please show me some love and Pin away and follow me on BlogLovin’, my new favorite way to follow blogs.  Thanks for stopping by!

~Steph

DIY Big Girl Beds…Finally

That’s right folks!  We have big girl beds…finally!

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The days of my little chicks sleeping on mattresses on the floor are over.  I don’t know who is more excited.  Me or them?  It’s a toss up.  All I do know is I am so happy that the “no bed days” are over.  When we left Nebraska we got rid of their toddler beds because they weren’t in great shape.  We took the mattresses and figured we would just make some new beds when we got a house in AZ.  Well, we got a house.  Then twin mattresses.  Then wood for beds.  And that’s where it stopped.  For months.  Then last week I somehow got this energy and motivation and took my butt to the garage and got to work.  And you know what?  Five hours later I had two cute little beds.  Yes, you read that right.  Five hours!  What the crap took me so long to get out there and do it??  I have no idea but it doesn’t matter.  All that matters is we had beds!  I spend the next 2 days sanding, wood filling, sanding, wood filling, sanding…you get the point.  Friday I got them painted and Saturday got them all set up.  The kids were so excited they decided to have a sleep over Saturday night.

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So I snapped some pictures along the way to share with you peeps but for the full instructions go visit Ana White.  I followed her instructions almost exactly.  The only thing I switched up was the height of the headboards and footboards.  I made them a little bit shorter so I could get all 4 pieces out of one sheet of plywood.  Have the store cut down your plywood and things will go really fast!  Start by cutting your headers to size.  One on board you want to draw your curve.  I used a skim board to get my curve.  Just play around with different stuff until you have a shape you want.

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I did half of the board and then traced it onto a piece of cardboard to use as a template for the other half of the board.  Once you have the whole thing cut out you can use it to trace the shape for the other header, or in my case the other 3.

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Once I had all 4 cut out, I calmped them together and sanded them all together to try and get the shapes as close as possible.

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Once this step is done the rest of the build will fly by.  Use glue and a nail gun to put the bottom 1×6 trim onto your plywood.

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On Ana’s directions it has pocket hole screws going from the plywood and the headers into the legs.  I decided to first attach the header to my plywood and then attach them to the legs.

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This is what you should have once you are done with the headboard and footboard.

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For some reason I don’t have pictures of the next couple of steps.  So, you are just going to attach the 1×6 siderails flush to the bottom of the pieces you already have built.  Once you have that done attach your legs to the bottom.  This is when I painted it.  I sanded them down and filled the pocket holes on the footboards and any other places that needed to be filled with wood filler and then sanded again.  Just repeat this process over and over until it’s to your liking.  A few coats of primer and paint later they were ready to move inside.  Once they were in their room I added the 2×2 cleats.

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I put five screws on each side.  Just screw your slats onto your cleats and you’re all done.

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I love them so much!  It finally looks like a sweet little girl room in there.  Now I need to get rid of those horrible flames but that probably won’t be until spring or summer.  I decided to go with white bedding and beds because they are so young.  The things they like are constantly changing so I think it will be fun to just switch out decor and maybe some pillows to keep up with their interests.  And I love how the beds look with their dresser. I have a few projects in mind to help bring some of the blue of the dresser over to that side of their room to tie it all together.  But for now we just hung some sweet heart garland for a little touch of color.  We found the garland over at MayDesigns.  I’ll be back tomorrow with some more pictures of the garland but until then stop on over to their blog to print off your own garland.

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Here are a few more pictures that I just can’t get enough of!  I can’t wait to get that room painted and get a few more projects done.  Luckily, I’ve felt really motivated lately so they might actually happen haha.

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I would love if you followed me and remember I love Pins!  If you like the beds please feel free to pin them!  Thanks for stopping by guys.  See you soon!

~Steph

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Closet for an American Girl Doll

Hey folks!  I’m back tonight to show you guys how I built the cute American Girl closet I showed you the other day!

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Eeeek, it looks so cute all filled up!  And it was pretty easy to build.  You can find the plans here on Ana White but I have a few pictures of my build to share with you peeps.  First, get your two sides, top, and bottom cut.  Before I put mine together I used my Kreg Jig to put the toe kick on the bottom.  Just use a piece of scrap wood to line it up.

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Now you are ready to put your closet together.  When you are putting it together be sure you are staying perfectly square.  If you aren’t square your doors aren’t going to line up right.  Once that’s done add your shelf.  I used a piece of scrap again as a spacer.

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Now we’re ready for doors people!  I didn’t take any pictures.  I was doing it alone and it’s a little tricky to line up.  I’m sure there is an easier way to do it.  Maybe I should look into this?  Anyways, when you get your doors on add your handles and your hardware for your closet rod.  I cut cardboard to make templates for my handles and for the closet rod holder.

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It’s all finished up!  Now fill that sucker up with adorable things!  Here is an overload of pictures of the one I made.  I may have had to much fun with this.

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And one more of the bed and closet together just for fun

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Thanks for checking these out.  I hope the little girl who gets them loves them as much as I loved making them!  Now go make some of your own!

~Steph